Maven's Morning Coffee: possessions on Skid Row, Antonovich leads Metro, women impacted at City Hall

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Women would be impacted more than men if the proposed 231 layoffs at City Hall take effect, reports the Los Angeles Times. Labor groups are calling this a "war on women."

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Today is Monday, May 14, and here is what's happening in Los Angeles:


The Los Angeles Times says there is a "war on women" at City Hall because more women than men would be impacted by the 231 layoffs proposed by the mayor's office. Women make up the majority of state and local government employees, according to the piece.

Business and building owners near Skid Row believe City Hall is moving too slowly on a proposal from the Weingart Center to house the personal belongings of homeless individuals, reports the Downtown News. Because officers are no longer allowed to remove possessions from the city's sidewalks, homeless encampments in the area have multiplied. "It’s taking too long to bring relief to a community that is being intimidated, frightened and who is suffering crimes against the economy of this community," said Estela Lopez with the Central City East Association.

In Rick Orlov's Tipoff column, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom gets a show on Current TV, Supervisor Mike Antonovich prepares to serve as president of Metro, and the city could lose $650,000 in parking taxes thanks to the new, lower parking prices at Dodger Stadium.

Where to Find the Politicians

Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and police Chief Charlie Beck will announce the results of the city's gun buy-back program at 10 a.m. at LAPD Headquarters.


10 a.m. Trade, Commerce and Tourism Committee, City Hall, room 1010 Report on licensing photographs from the Harbor Department

3 p.m. Ad Hoc River Committee, City Hall, room 1060 Verbal presentation from the Los Angeles River Revitalization Corporation Status report on Los Angeles River projects


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